East Naples United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 25, 2014
The vision of our committee is to represent the congregation here, the worldwide body of Christ, and Jesus himself in the selection of missions that are in harmony with the works which he commanded that we do; to “evangelize the world’! Our goal is to raise the level of understanding about the missions that we support, to provide opportunities to visit local mission projects and to increase congregational involvement in missions.
MISSION OF THE MONTH for October
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES
Join us in helping to fill 150 shoeboxes or more this year. The shoeboxes will be sent to children worldwide to spread God’s message of love. Shoeboxes will be available beginning Sunday, October 12 in the Narthex and at the side door. Please return them by Sunday, November 16. Start your shopping now. Plan on buying gifts for a boy or girl in one of these age groups: ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. The two groups that receive the fewest boxes are Boys age 2-4 and Boys age 10-14. Think about including some of these items: small cars, balls, dolls, art supplies, toothbrush & toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), T-shirts, ball caps; hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries). You may also include a personal note in a separate envelope and maybe a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, your child may write back. Each box will need a $7 donation to cover shipping and religious items that are added to box. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask a Mission Team member when picking up your box. Please do not include used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers.
Other Mission Opportunities Throughout the Year:
CUBA SISTER CHURCH
We support our sister church in Canamazo, Cuba. The funds raised will help them feed the people in the town, pay the pastor's salary, and support them in their ministry.
ECHO's Mission is to equip people with resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor.
FLORIDA UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN'S HOME
Florida United Methodist Children’s Home
51 Children's Way
Enterprise, FL 32725
GLORISO DIA FOUNDATION IN COSTA RICA
Helping the growth of the youth of Costa Rica. Shelters that work together to restore the lives of at risk youth.
GOOD SAMARITAN FUND
On a local and very personal level, individuals come to the church seeking help and support when times and situations bring about hardships in their lives. Jobs are lost, illness occurs, children have needs – so they ask for help from God’s people. This fund allows our pastors to deal directly with these folks with monies given for that very purpose. To bring real and quick relief to genuine needs results in all being blessed and God being glorified.
Grace Place is a faith based, non-profit, neighborhood education center teaching literacy, language, and life skills to at-risk children & working poor families in Golden Gate city.
The main program areas are:
Bright Beginnings – We teach the mothers of young children (birth to five) skills they need to help their young children grow and thrive.
School-Age Programs – After-school tutoring, mentoring, summer day camp, and youth development programs help the students succeed in school & life.
Family Literacy – Literacy programs enable parents to achieve better employment, provide for family needs, participate in their children’s schools, and become contributing members of the community.
Food Ministry – Every Friday Grace Place provides a simple bag of groceries, bakery products, and fresh produce to families having trouble making ends meet.
We will be collecting food and cash to help this wonderful ministry. The cash will be used in a similar way to our Good Samaritan Fund helping those who need emergency help. Helps Outreach has many services that they provide free to those in need in our community. If you have furniture, they will come pick it up and give it free to those who need it. Call Joe at (239) 287-1159 to schedule a pick-up. They are open 10am-3pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Check out their website at www.helpsoutreachinc.org or contact them at 239-593-3226. They are located at 2025 J&C Blvd. Units 1-4.
Food Drive – When people visit the Food Pantry at Helps Outreach they are not given a prepackaged bag of food but are allowed to choose foods off the shelf according to their families tastes and needs. The Food Pantry is currently in need of pasta, pasta sauce, 1-3 pound bags of rice, bags of dried black beans, canned soups (tomato, cream of mushroom & chicken noodle), pork & beans, peanut butter & jelly and canned vegetables (peas or corn). They also have a need for newborn – size 3 diapers.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES
To demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Just fill a shoebox with gifts for a child. Last year 8 million children across the world received shoeboxes. Children in over 130 countries have received shoeboxes since 1993.
STORM RACING MINISTRY
Dick & Kay Stone
Sunlight Home was established 19 years ago as a long term shelter for pregnant women and teens. Many of the residents are homeless or have been abused and abandoned. The goal for each resident is to have a healthy pregnancy and remain drug, alcohol and smoke free. Each mom receives prenatal care, counseling, child birth classes, parenting classes, the option of adoption, job skills and financial planning.
THE JESUS FILM PROJECT
Eric & Allison Foster with the Jesus Film Project. Since 1979, the JESUS film has been translated into over 1100 languages. Through an astonishing 6 billion viewings, over 250 million people have indicated decisions to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Many areas of the world need additional video-based evangelism and follow-up materials, enabling them to share the Gospel and teach new believers how to walk with Jesus every day.